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Parenting Plans in Florida: Communication Between the Parents

By Gale H. Moore |

Also known as a ‘custody and visitation agreement’, parenting plans are designed to help make co-parenting easier. As the Florida Supreme Court explains, state law requires a parenting plan in all cases of time-sharing of minor children—even when parents are not actually in a dispute. Among many other things, a Florida parenting plan should… Read More »

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Child Preference and Custody Rights: Your Guide to Florida Law

By Gale H. Moore |

Child custody disputes are complicated, sensitive legal cases. It is normal for parents going through a custody case to feel frustrated and confused. We want to make sure that parents have all of the tools and information that they need to protect their rights. Nothing should come before your relationship with your children. Many… Read More »

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Four Child Time-Sharing Tips to Help Parents Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Gale H. Moore |

The Florida Department of Health warns that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a dangerous and rapidly spreading respiratory disease. On March 25th, Pinellas County issued a ‘Stay-At-Home’ order, temporarily closing the physical non-essential businesses and requiring residents to shelter in place. Soon after the entire state was placed under a  ‘Stay-at-Home’ order. Our state’s public health… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Step Parent Rights in Florida

By Gale H. Moore |

Blended families are the norm in the United States. Based on comprehensive research, The Step Family Foundation observes that half nearly half of all U.S. families are either re-married or re-coupled. With approximately 60 million children living with a step parent, this raises an important question: What rights do step parents have? In Florida,… Read More »

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Do Children Ever Testify in Child Custody Proceedings in Florida?

By Gale H. Moore |

In Florida, courts are highly sensitive to the needs and well-being of young children. As a general rule, courts do not want children to testify in child custody cases or in other family law proceedings. However, there are certain limited circumstances in which a child’s testimony may be deemed necessary and appropriate. Here, our… Read More »

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Supervised Time-sharing (formerly known as visitation): When is it Required in Florida?

By Gale H. Moore |

Several years ago the Florida Legislature changed the legal terms related to custody and visitation.  Though those terms are still generally used by the public they are no longer the legal terms used in a family law case.  The term “time-sharing” is now used to describe what days a child goes with a specific… Read More »

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How Do Florida Courts Resolve Child Custody Cases and Questions of Religion?

By Gale H. Moore |

According to the most recent data from the Pew Research Center, approximately 75 percent of Americans identify with a religion. For many parents, imparting their religious beliefs and their moral values on their children is extremely important. This issue can create conflict in child custody disputes — particularly when parents have differing religious traditions… Read More »

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Can a Parent With a Criminal Record Get Child Custody in Florida?

By Gale H. Moore |

In Florida, child custody cases are handled under the state’s ‘best interests of the child’ legal standard. In custody disputes, Florida family courts make decisions that are best for the health, safety, and overall well-being of the child. Along with a wide range of other things, courts will consider the background and history of… Read More »

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